I finished this book in one sitting yesterday, and it's taken me this long to figure out how to express my feelings about it.
The first sign telling me this is a five star book -- it haunted my mind all day long.
Reaper is not predictable. Far from it. I started out not liking Quin very much, but I'm not sure I was supposed to. Her growth through this novel as she discovers her destiny as a reaper is cleverly subtle around the middle, and by the end it's profound. I not only liked her, I was rooting for her from the edge of my seat.
The hero is introduced as a peripheral character in my mind, and he just sort of drifted into the meat of the story, taking me completely by surprise, a welcome one. It's a rare book when I haven't figured out where it's going and how it's going to get there by the end of chapter 1. This one shocked the living hell out of me by the time I turned the last page.
I wanted to be mad at it, how it ended. Now, don't get me wrong, it ended well, just not how I expected. I won't give anything more away than that, so you'll have to read it to figure out what I'm talking about.
Now that I've let the dust settle in my mind, I'm thoroughly impressed. I'd like to say bravo to L.S. Murphy for not taking the easy road to the end, for not penning the obvious ending I find in so many YA books. It totally worked to raise Reaper a notch or two above the ordinary. This is a witty, thought-provoking and at some times heart-wrenching story that will captivate YA fans across the world.